Saturday March 18
Bible Reading: 1 Peter 2: 13 - 25
Topic: Suffering in Christ
You may have heard some say that when people suffer, it is due to their sins.
That's not always correct
Christ suffered, but on account of any evil He had committed.
His sufferings are both redemptive and exemplary to believers (v. 2)
We should not expect our lives to be a bed of roses, nor should we be surprised when trials come (1 Pet. 4: 12ff)
Peter was a witness of Christ's suffering (1 Pet. 5: 1); he knew that his Lord had committed no sin and that He was condemned wrongfully.
In word, attitude and deed, our Lord set a perfect example for us to follow.
Sometimes we receive unfair treatment from people in authority, our superiors, our neighbours, Church members and friends, in the process of doing what is right. That should not be an excuse for us to sin because God has called us to do what is right even if it means suffering for it. (vs. 20 - 21)
We should commit ourselves to God (v. 23). He will vindicate and reward us for it.
For the grace of God can and should produce in us Christ - like reactions and attitudes.
Almighty God help me to endure the suffering that will enable me to attain perfection in You, through Jesus Christ our Lord, Amen.
Memory verse: 1 Peter 2: 9
"Who His own Self bare our sins in His Own Body on the tree, that we being dead to sins, should live unto righteousness; by Whose stripes ye were healed"
(The Daily Devotional Guide of the Church of Nigeria Anglican Communion)